A Peanut-Free Indianapolis Indians Baseball Game- Summary and Thanks

May begins Food Allergy Action month. Locally we got things started on Friday night (April 29th, 2016) with the second annual Indianapolis Indians ‘peanut’ free baseball game. Thanks to the hard work by the FASI (Food Allergy Support Indianapolis-formerly known as POCHA) team, the event was a success. Imagine a youngster who loves “America’s Game” and may fear for his safety by attending a game. Peanuts have been strongly linked to baseball- I wonder about the history of that relationship. Thanks to FASI and the Indianapolis Indians organization, that youngster could go to the ballpark, feel safe, have fun, and cheer the tribe on to another victory.

I need to also thank the announcer for the game (a few words were shared about our cause)-for the very kind words he shared with the crowd about my role in this struggle of food allergy. I think HIPPA precludes me from mentioning full names, but thank you Doug- that took me totally by surprise. Doug also sang a slightly altered version of that popular 7th inning stretch song- ‘Take me out to the ballgame….”. Note, that with the intent of keep this a peanut free event- two words were changed in the song to keep it peanut free. There is a funny story behind the choice of words to substitute for ‘В … buy me some peanuts and cracker jack’.

I had a chance to go to the broadcast booth during the second inning. It was for a live interview during the game. I sat next to Howard, wore the headset, had a great view of the game and between the action, fielded his questions about peanut allergy and food allergy in general. That was a great experience.

The hard work behind the scenes and my sincere thanks go out to Lauren, Amy, Jennifer, Chelsea, and Sue – your FASI team. Also a warm applause to the Indians organization and to everyone who was there. And thanks to my family for supporting my efforts with all this. Grandson Calvin-having not peanut but tree nut allergy, said of the event-‘This is the best place I have ever been’- his first baseball game ever, but a frequent attendee of our Indy FARE Walk. In August we have our next major awareness and fund raising event for food allergy – the FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) walk at White River State Park Saturday August 20th, 2016.

FEL 5/1/2016


May 1, 2016 В· fleickly В· No Comments
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